5 Well-Known Songs with a Christmas Twist

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Are you struggling to find Christmas songs that you can sing with the children?  Why not take songs that they know well and change the words slightly or change all the words but keep the same tune.

Change a few of the words:

Here are 4 examples of songs that I have come up with for this blog.  I’m sure there are other songs that you know that you could do something similar to fit the Christmas theme.  From my experience, I think children from around 3 years and up, who already know the original, would be able to join in with all if not parts of these songs. 

 

Horsey Horsey could become:

Reindeer, Reindeer don’t you stop

Just let your feet go clippity clop

Your tail goes swish and you pull the sleigh

Giddy up we’re on our way

 

She’ll be coming around the mountains could become a song about Santa:

He’ll be coming on his sleigh when he comes,

He’ll be coming on his sleigh when he comes,

He’ll be coming on his sleigh, coming on his sleigh,

He’ll be coming on his sleigh when he comes.

 

He’ll be wearing a red coat when he comes,

He’ll be wearing a red coat when he comes,

He’ll be wearing a red coat, wearing a red coat,

He’ll be wearing a red coat when he comes.

 

He’ll be riding with his reindeers when he comes,

He’ll be riding with his reindeers when he comes,

He’ll be riding with his reindeers, riding with his reindeers

He’ll be riding with his reindeers when he comes,

 

Singing ay, ay, yippee, yippee, ay (ye har)

Singing ay, ay, yippee, yippee, ay (ye har)

Singing ay, ay, yippee, ay, ay, yippee,

ay, ay, yippee, yippee, ay (ye har)

 

Wind the bobbin up could become:

Wind the tinsel round

Wind the tinsel round

Wind, wind

To the top

 

Wind it back again (or you might prefer: wind the other way)

Wind it back again

Wind, wind

To the top

 

Lights on the tree 

Presents on the floor (you could point to each place as you do in wind the bobbin up)

Snowflakes on the window

Cards on the door

 

Singing songs together

1,2,3

Sitting around the (or could be: Happy as we can be)

Christmas tree.

 

My hat it has 3 corners could become:

My tree it has 3 corners

3 corners has my tree

And had it not 3 corners

It would not be my tree

 

Changing all the words

I have also taken the well-known song '1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive' and changed all the words to a Christmas theme.  I have written this just for this blog so I have not yet tried it with children.  Although from my experience I would suggest it would be suitable for children from 4 years and upwards.   That being said if you want to give it a try with younger children I would start by encouraging them to join in with the rhyming words and maybe food names; it's up to you!

 

1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive could become:

Ready, steady off we go

It’s time to bring the Christmas glow!

Cards, tinsel, lights and tree

Wrapping presents on your knees.

 

Lots of food we like to eat:

Carrots, parsnips, sprouts and sweets.

Nearly time to celebrate

Friends and family, I can’t wait!

 

If you have Early Years Music Ideas membership, I have now put recordings of me singing these in the Christmas section of both Baby Activities and Activity Ideas for ~2 to 5 Years.

 

I'd love to hear about well-known songs that you have changed slightly for the Christmas theme.  You can write them in the comments section below.

Happy music making!

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